Yunya Ishigami: From the First Work

Junya Ishigami

Architecture + Urbanism / Shinkenchiku-sha, 2023


Junya Ishigami introduces this monographic issue with a personal essay entitled “My Practice”. Before establishing his own firm in 2004, he worked with Kazuyo Sejima at SANAA. The issue traces Ishigami’s diverse career, highlighting numerous projects in Japan, Asia, and elsewhere around the globe. Featured are the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion, the Japan Pavilion at the 11th Venice Biennale of Architecture, KAIT Plaza at the Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Vijversburg Visitor Centre in the Netherlands, Yohji Yamamoto New York Gansevoort Street Store, the proposed public artwork Cloud Arch in Sydney, Kinmen International Passenger Centre in Taiwan, and much more.

The issue begins with Table for a Restaurant, the first project of his career, and discusses 28 additional works, some of them completed and others still in progress. Underlying the monograph’s compilation was the question: What will emerge if the entirety of Ishigami’s career is examined from the present? In his work, Ishigami removes all preconceived notions to pursue an architectural process that acknowledges the diverse values of people living in the every-increasing complexity of today’s society. The foundation of his highly logical process is to delve into the essence of the disparate contexts found in history, environment, materials, functions, and users, and deeply contemplate their facets. Therefore, this issue examines Ishigami’s considerations at the time of a project’s initiation, as a way to understand the root of architecture. For this reason, the projects are not listed in their order of completion but rather in the order in which the architect began to think about each one. Ishigami has written accompanying texts for projects especially for this issue, surveying the past from the present, to unveil his thought process at the point in time when the project began. These texts should not be considered as separate explanations, then, but as an overarching reflection on the interconnectedness of the different projects to create a single flow of logic.


ISBN: 9784900212978

208 pagina's, illustraties in kleur & z/w, 29,2 x 21,9 cm, paperback, Japans/Engels